EARS Animal Ambulance Fund

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Raised by 84 people in 34 months
When our animals are in need there’s no lengths we won't go, but dealing with emergencies is not an easy task, and there is no 9-1-1 for pets. Just as with humans, animals face emergencies that require specialty and critical care to safely transport them to where they can receive immediate help. That's what led to the start the first-ever “Animal Ambulance” in Connecticut operated by the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service ( www.EARSCT.org). 

The need for this service is proven in the emergency responses which have included pets that are oxygen dependent, on essential fluids, unable to walk, injured, or have owners that need assistance moving them. The current ambulance is a retrofitted SUV that has significant capabilities which no existing service in this area has. These include tools such as animal triage supplies, pet stretchers, a generator for transporting pets with monitoring equipment or that are on IV fluids, and an oxygen tank complete with sets of pet oxygen masks, all which are always on board. 

EARS is an entirely volunteer-run, nonprofit organization, with the training and team needed to operate the ambulance 24-hours a day 365 days a year, and they are proud to provide this service. The ultimate goal is to eventually acquire a vehicle that can be used exclusively for the Animal Ambulance service and allow us to expand these capabilities even more.  In the mean time, when a pet emergency happens at 3:00 in the morning, while you may not be able to call 9-1-1 for your pet, you can call EARS and they will respond to help! 

This fundraiser has been created as an effort to help us reach our ultimate goal of continuing and expanding the operation of the EARS Animal Ambulance. Funds raised will be used directly for these expenses, which will include the purchase of a new Animal Ambulance vehicle and/or the necessary mechanical upgrades to our current vehicle, operating and equipment expenses, and administrative expenses including registration, licensing, and other state requirements. We extremely appreciate any and all contributions to this cause and our ongoing mission to help animals in need, and we thank each and every person for your support. We also welcome any questions you have to be directed to our main email address at info@earsct.org.

Please stay tuned for updates and posts on this fundraiser as well as our Animal Ambulance service!

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Thanks to everyone's support, we're ALMOST TO OUR TOTAL GOAL!!!! The fact of the matter is, this Animal Ambulance upgrade is going to be a REALITY soon enough. The remainder of the funds raised will help us to complete the paperwork, filing, registration, and initial supply start-up so that the new ambulance is "ready to roll" without having to take any downtime! Thank you to everyone who's continued helping to share and contribute so we can reach our ultimate fully-funded goal!
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The EARS Animal Ambulance isn't only about being able to respond to calls from owners and veterinarians, but also involves assisting in many other aspects including allowing our team to be on standby with animal first aid stations at pet events (like last weekend's Pucks & Paws game), providing transport of pets that need specialty or critical care between hospitals whether they require oxygen, fluids, medications, or close monitoring, and so much more. We carry the supplies needed to assist animals small and large and even wildlife like the recent injured hawk we assisted with. The opportunity to upgrade to a fully operational ambulance will not only increase our capabilities and capacity, but most importantly allow us to help even more animals and owners in need, as well as provide more support to veterinary practices that are dealing with critical patients. Thank you for your support!
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* * * We are closer than ever, and with your support we can reach our goal! * * *

On April 2 one of our Animal Rescue Technicians, Melissa, along with Operations Director Jon, met with an individual who has an ambulance available and who is willing to work with us to make our Animal Ambulance a reality! What makes this opportunity even better is that vehicles we looked at in the past all had things that would need to be altered or upgraded to fit the needs of our EARS Team, but this one is in "ready to roll" in its current condition - all we would have to do is stock it with our supplies and we would be set!

Over the last year we have been operating an animal ambulance service which has become a successful and busy venture. Some of you are people we have met through that - some of your pet's we have helped - and it's something our team has been proud to do. We have proven the need for this type of service, and we strongly believe that we can do even more by expanding our capabilities by getting a dedicated animal ambulance.

Our fundraising efforts have been strong, and we thank each of you that have contributed, and now we have a goal to present to you that is something everyone can see. We are very close to reaching what we need to do this, but need to raise approximately $2,000 n order to get this ambulance rolling, as well as for the costs of vehicle registration, insurance, etc. Any amount, no matter how small you think it is, means a great deal to us and to the animals we are able to assist because of it.

Thank you everyone!
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Here's something you probably never thought about... did you know that our Animal Ambulance isn't only sent out to help dogs and cats? While companion pets like dogs and cats are some of the most common emergency calls, the EARS Team also responds to other types of animals. We have been called on to assist horses, farm animals, exotic pets, and yes, even wildlife too. That's what happened on Easter Sunday.

At approximately 11am we received a call from a homeowner in Orange who had found an injured hawk on their property. The bird was banged up and unable to fly. The property owners carefully got it contained into a pet crate, but were at a loss for what to do next so they called EARS. Whether a holiday or not, our team is available 24 / 7 every day of the year, so we took the call and dispatched the Animal Ambulance to help. The young hawk was carefully assessed and secured, then transported to a rehabilitation facility in central Connecticut for monitoring and care.

Whether dogs or cats, farm animals or exotics, typical pets or wildlife, our team is always available to help ANY animal in need.
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Created December 6, 2015
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